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Twisted Jack Pine

Twisted Jack Pine
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 7:08
Viewed: 3195
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
*Krzysztof gave me the notion to call then send this image to a friend at Washington State University Extension and they confirmed what Krzysztof had suggested..it is a Jack Pine!! Thanks Krzysztof

So many have written me in interest about the Palouse. Jane, my wife, and I took a short drive to the edge yesterday. We went about a mile into the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge to do a video . Our intention was to show others on TN and perhaps beyond, just how close to the northern edge of the Palouse we live. God willing that project should be done in a few days.

I noticed that the snows have melted in many locations with exceptions of lower lying creek beds still filled with ice, but even the Aspen growing out of the standing frozen water, are showing a bit of green. And here in this picture we saw some younger and almost dwarfed Jack Pines. A few of the trees, perhaps 4, in a small grove of two dozen, there was a strange bending and twisting. Jane suggested this had something to do with the geography of the land and the slippage, growth and water/ice movements over the years.

I used my car top to balance the camera, as it was quite a distance away from us and even with my 300mm pushed to the max, my hands were chilled and feet numbed so I had to do with makeshift tripod. To get to this small grove would have included trespassing over a fence with signs suggesting we do not enter. Some of these areas are very much protected from all of man with little exception. Thousands of acres are kept pristine in nature to provide a recluse for many animals and birds without influence of humans.

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Hi Bob
Are you sure that these is P. ponderosa. It looks like it has short needles. Maybe it is Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) The cones of Jack Pine will open only in high temperature after a natural fires. Very interesting tree. I also must go to some kind of nature excursion I am sitting in the city with a lot of work ;-)
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-06 8:15]

Hi Bob,

I love your composition - the twisted pine belongs smack in the center of the picture. Beautiful shades of green with a patch of blue sky showing. No scenery like this down here!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-06 10:51]

Hi Bob

Great composition - the avenue leads the eye to the twisted trunk. Expertly executed.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-06 10:51]

Hi Bob. Sounds like the worst of winter is over for you . good to go out for a drive in the car. I like the view you have of the trees with the opening. good natural colours and use of the light. well done TFS.

interesting tree's...very gnarly, taken well with a good POV...good notes also...TFS

Hello Bob
First of all a fine note about the pic and then a picture to be proud of with the given conditions...you have made this almost into a landscape shot having probed through the depths of the foreground to isolate this single Pine that has had a very interesting life in the elements.
Another fantastic Piece of photographic work.

Though I'm from the Pacific Northwest, I am not familiar with all the tree flora it has to offer. These trees look like classic Ponderosa Pine in their needles and the groupings of needles in their branches but nothing like it in their trunk size or color.

Thanks for introducing me to Jack Pine.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-06 15:41]

Hi Bob,you're buiding a unusual and very intesting gallery about this wonderfull places where you live,i like a lot your work,thanks for your time,Luciano

hello bob,
nice capture of the pine in bob shannon style, the colours are natural and the pov suitable,well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-06 19:04]

I didn't know there were pristine places like these, keeping humans away from it. this is a great idea! The only place I have seen like that was a private land where they kept deers. I am looking forward this video of the Palouse too, because me too I am interested in it, starting with the few you have shown us. Strangely, I am reading this book I bought used on Amazon, "Learning to see creatively" by Bryan Peterson and he has many Palouse pictures in there. Before I saw you pictures, I didn't even know it existed and there you are, both of you, showing us pictures. The Palouse is intriguing and beautiful at once. Look at those trees, twisted and curled, even the ground doesn't seem ordinary. I love the sunshine in this one, it's so "good to warm my bones besides the "picture" (fire)!" Thank you Bob,


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-03-06 22:56]

Belle ambiance. On sent la chaleur et l'odeur des pins.
Bonne journée.

Hello Bob,

I find your notes so interesting!
How wonderful that there are large tracts of land reserved only for plants and wild animals - they will only change things naturally and incredibly slowly!

I like how you have insinuated that spring is winning the battle over winter. By not being able to get too close, your photograph gives an overall wildness. I like the tones of green where one side is in shadow and the other in sun.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Shall I feed or shall I sing!'

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-07 1:25]

An almost abstract image!
Very nicely composed shot.
This knarly old tree looks like the wisest of the forest with all the younger trees surrounding it as if they're listening to an ancient tale or something... call me crazy! :-)
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Nice colours.
Well done Bob.


It looks sunny and cheerful out there among the pines, though I can spot the remains of snow and ice here and there under the trees, Bob.
Hopefully the warmth too would return soon.
Thanks for sharing this image typical of the area you live in.
Best regards.

hello Bob

wonderful landscapes images of trees, i love your POV,
that centered tree and the 2 ways the other trees as border,
lovely luminosity on your image, lovely greens colours of the trees,



Hi Bob,

Nice shot and I guess you completed your video because I watched it earlier today i nice to have such a resourse on your doorstep (almost literally). I like the way thhe tree really stands out, which is amazing given it's surrounded by, well, trees. Classic Bob technique. Hope you and Jane have a great weekend.


Hi Bob, fascinating and lovely view of this strange pine with excellent sharpness, great composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-07 22:15]

Hello Bob

Amazing how trees will stand the test of time.A true testament to their survivability.
The gnarled,twisted tree has probably seen it's share of inclement weather.
Well framed in the forest.
The shot has lovely lighting.


Great composition again. You take a piece of the world and frame it so artistically that it stands along. I havent' developed that talent yet. Beautiful!

Hi Bob,

A good capture of the twisted tree surrounded by other type of trees. The point of view is giving depth to the photo. The subject is well framed. The light brings out the colors. Have a nice day.


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